Joe Biden (Credit: Doug Mills/The New York Times/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

Biden’s bud­get wish list: Re­store the CDC, build a new NIH re­search cen­ter, pump in bil­lions to end the opi­oid and HIV epi­demics

Pres­i­dent Joe Biden’s first bud­get re­quest (Con­gress is the ul­ti­mate de­cider on bud­gets) for FY 2022 in­cludes a mas­sive in­flux of funds to the CDC, plans to launch a new $6.5 bil­lion re­search cen­ter with­in the NIH, as well as al­most $11 bil­lion to end the opi­oid epi­dem­ic and an­oth­er $670 mil­lion to ag­gres­sive­ly re­duce new HIV cas­es.

But de­tails on what ex­act­ly this new $6.5 bil­lion, DARPA-like, NIH-based cen­ter, to be known as Ad­vanced Re­search Projects Agency for Health (ARPA-H), will re­search re­main to be seen. Biden’s bud­get re­quest on­ly said the cen­ter will ini­tial­ly fo­cus on a wide range of dis­eases that oth­er NIH cen­ters typ­i­cal­ly work on.

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